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As my daughter is studying Othello for A Level, what I wanted was the new Arden edition of Othello, in Hardback. So that's what I selected. To be entirely fair, the picture that came up was different, but that's not uncommon, so I ordered it. What arrived was indeed the product in the picture, certainly Othello by William Shakespeare, and in hardback. Where it fell down slightly was in being neither the Arden edition, nor in English. I don't doubt that translating Othello into German is a great achievement, but as she is studying it in English, it's somewhat less useful than the Arden edition. So I asked for a replacement, explaining carefully that this product was incorrectly linked and that I wanted the Arden edition. The helpful customer service lady assured me that she understood and would send the correct version. Two days later the replacement copy arrived. In hardback. And still in German. So, should you want Othello translated into German, this is the edition you want. Probably. If, however, you seek the new Arden edition, or indeed any edition of Shakespeare's original script in English, you may want to look elsewhere.
I had no problem in accidentally ordering 2 copies. It's a classic and the extra copy is bound to come in handy. What I did object to is that it appears to be an English version and nowhere in the description does the seller highlight that it isn't. Indeed when you click "look inside" it's the English version. Only now having checked repeatedly, I see that if you scroll way down the page (where most people do not scroll to) do you see in the small print that it's German.
I have used the Oxford School Shakespeare version of the plays for Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth, and they're definitely the best version out there for students and teachers. Included there's a contents page, a section in the beginning about the context and key aspects of the play, character list & descriptions, scene-by-scene synopsis and commentary, information about the original source, context of the Elizabethan/Jacobean England and Shakespeare himself, and at the back a section on exploring the play in the classroom. I've found these additions to the main play really useful as a way of having notes on context and the characters available whilst I'm reading that I can add to myself as well. The play itself is formatted so that the right hand side of each page shows the actual text and in the margin there are useful translations or extra points on context and key ideas. It makes it much simpler to read than texts that have notes at the bottom of the page or back of the book as you can easily refer to the notes right next to the line that needs deciphering. In the play there are also occasionally pictures from stage productions or small illustrations of something a character is talking about. Especially for those who find visual learning easier, it helps to see a visual representation of what can be a pretty dense monologue, and it just breaks up the text and makes it a bit more interesting.
Othello is one of the greatest of Shakespeare's plays. Reading is no substitute for a live performance, but it certainly permits close study of the text. The Penguin edition has detailed notes and outstanding critical and performance analysis. The language of the playwright's maturity is magnificent.
I will. I haven't read nearly as much Shakespeare as I should have by now - just Henry V, Richard III and A Midsummer Night's Dream. But coming to this, I was underwhelmed. The story-line is slight and the play unentertaining. Overall, it doesn't come close to equalling the superb Henry V.
This is a very enjoyable and powerful book in which you are lost in the world that Shakespeare has carefully crafted, you will enjoy every second of it. Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination , with elopement, and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths. This is a book that you will never forget!
It has three parts to it 1)literature guide which includes context, plot overview and character analysis. 2) the play with line by line translation and analysis/prompts within it. 3) study guide which has thematic questions, in-depth answers about quotes and everything and so much more. This guide is great and its a good size and the price is so worth it as it is more affordable the standard copies. I really recommend for A-level students (like myself) and people who really want to understand the play in-depth. It includes everything in the description.
I love these Cambridge School texts. They are well lead out with the text on the right hand page and various activities and ideas on the left with a glossary of difficult words and phrases. At the end of each act, there are further ideas for study and there are excellent sections on staging, context, themes and ideas at the back. I used this for both A level and GCSE. They are perfect for solid GCSE students B/C level, very strong KS3 students and A level students that struggle. For A level, I'd recommend a more academic style but these texts are good as a companion to one of those if you don't feel confident with Shakespeare. I think this text allows readers to access Shakespeare more easily and to see how it can be exciting and fun.